It's a Zombie Revolution
And it's right on time

It's time to clock out
So stand in line
It's time to liberate
Your dead corporate mind

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Half the people I work with are zombies.

So when I got the script for episode 17, I began to search my brain for some sort of angle to write a song for said episode.  Like earlier songs, this one bred creativity straight from the title alone.  Upon reading the script, it gave me some more inspirado to move things along.  Normally I try to make a song as funny as I can, or at least have some sort of pun.  But in the event I can't, I usually try to focus on some sort of unifying tie-in, for conceptual continuity's sake.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a BBC4 documentary named "Synth Britannia", which is a film discussing the evolution of British synth-pop and electronic music form the 70's to its heyday/wane in the mid-80s.  It had features on a lot of great bands from the era:  The Human League, Daniel Miller (The Normal/Silicon Teens), Cabaret Voltaire, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, OMD, and so on and so on.  When it got to the Cabaret Voltaire section of the program, they played one of their songs entitled "Nag Nag Nag" while showing old footage of Dr. Who, while the main figure in the band talked about how he watched those shows and how it affected the music on some levels.  The music and the image worked so well (Dr. Who was cowering by some big green radioactive monster or something), that it gave me the "sound" I wanted to create for "Zombie Revolution".

For me, I love the concept of zombies.  But maybe not like everyone else...although I could be wrong.

I like the whole "radioactive" side of the Zombiesphere, like when zombie happen based upon nuclear and radioactivity.  So, in light of this, I tried to make the most distorted, slightly eerie song that I could.  I started off with my interpolation of an old drum machine (I can talk about those for HOURS), then adding an organ track.

Yes...there is an organ track in there.

I distorted it so hardcore, it actually sounds like a guitar to some extent.  Word.

After adding a few synth lines, I added live bass and guitar...several guitars, actually.  I then threw down some vocals (distorted those as well), and then made some "zombie" sounds...more or less me stretching and things like that (it was early, ha!).

So here it is!  My Voltaire-inspired piece of radioactive work...ZOMBIE REVOLUTION!


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7/15/2010 08:38:28 am

A song after my own heart!! The organ bit is funny, because I SO can't hear it!

Chris LeBrane
7/15/2010 08:48:03 am

Yay! Glad you dug it! It was a rough one to do, lol. And yes...that organ is there. Trust me, :)

7/16/2010 12:57:15 am

Another great song Chris. I watched Synth Britannia, it is on YouTube if anyone wants to watch it, it is a very cool insider documentary,check it out. Being a bit of a Zombie junkie like Jordant, I loved this one. I would love to hear a full 3 min version of the song.. In fact, you should do extended versions of all your Webcams material and put out a "Webcams" CD. I think it would be a big hit! I am smelling record deal here!!!

Chris LeBrane
7/16/2010 02:26:08 am

Thanks bro! I'm glad you saw the documentary. I LOVE that kind of stuff.

I have thought about extending all of these songs...maybe I will :). Will take forever and a day, but it can be done!

7/16/2010 02:43:05 am

Cool coolhat would be AWESOME. Hey,have you ever seen the documentary on Moog? It is really cool..

7/16/2010 02:58:27 am

Hey, my band opened up for Gary Newman back in the day!!! Cool guy..

Chris LeBrane
7/16/2010 03:59:56 am

Not only have I seen it, I OWN it!!! I looooooooooooove Moog synthesizers. wish I had one :)...


NO FUCKING WAY!! YOu guys opened up for Numan? That's sooo friggin cool!


7/16/2010 09:19:15 am

Ya, those were the days my friend!! I knew you would dig Dr, Moog!!!

8/12/2010 06:30:14 am

I know it's Numan not Newman!!! HELLO NEWMAN!!!


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